“The Ways of Civilization” asks this question, which the author thought (hoped?) was rhetorical…
But what would you do, enforcers, if the children said no?
What would you do, remote men in suits,
if they resisted you
tearing apart the bond of their family?
Would you beat them with your night stick?
Would you shoot them with your gun?
Would you fry them with your taser?
Would you lock them in a cage?
Would you chain them up in shackles?
Would you dull their minds with drugs?
If the author had been aware of a late August 2013 ruling authorizing the use of force against a homeschooling family, he would have written his poem a little differently, because, “Yes, they would use force against the children.”
Perhaps the most shocking element in the ongoing tragedy was the authorization by Judge Koenig of the Darmstadt family court to use force “against the children” if necessary. According to the judge, the use of force against the young kids might have been necessary because they had “adopted the parents’ opinions” on home education and “no cooperation could be expected” from family members amid the abduction operation.
Nothing is more dangerous to the “Brave New World” of Isaiah 5:20 than children adapting their parents’ opinions. They might follow the ancient ways of civilization and not today’s new, enlightened ways. Nothing must stand in the way of the new order of things…
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
In the new order, “Woe to those who call good good and evil evil!”
So no one who disagrees with these new values has any say so or rights, it seems…neither children nor parents. Is this the new Germany? Is this the light it offers the world?
The answer appears to be yes, as President Joachim Gauck recently said (on January 31, 2014) the current Germany is “the best we have ever known.” He maintains German’s Nazi and Communist pasts are no excuse for ducking international duties.
Many people both in and out of Germany sincerely wish that the Nazi and Communist policies were in the past, too, along with the Nazis and the Communists. But their legacy very much seems to live on, particularly in regards to education, families, and state ownership of children.
See the article, “The Children are not to be Brought up This Way,” for more on the hold of the past on the present.